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Spruce Nature Trail

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One of the Hoh Visitor Center's easy interpretive trails.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Point to Point

725' 221 m

High

642' 196 m

Low

135' 41 m

Up

115' 35 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Wildlife

Family Friendly This trail's manageable distance, gentle grades, and stunning scenery make it a wonderful option for families with children.

Description

This short loop, similar to the Hall of Mosses Trail, offers a quick path through the lush Hoh rainforest. The Spruce Nature Trail sees slightly less elevation change over a longer distance than the Hall of Mosses Trail, making it an easier alternative.

Flora & Fauna

Mild winters, cool summers and up to 12 feet of annual precipitation produce the giant conifers that dominate this rain forest, one of the most spectacular examples of temperate rain forest in the world.

Big-leaf maple and vine maple host an abundance of epiphytes (plants growing upon other plants) that give the rain forest its characteristic look and ethereal quality. A plethora of mosses, ferns and plants compete for space on the forest floor; grazing elk keep the understory open. Dead and downed trees decay slowly and support new life. The eternal cycle of life and death is strikingly apparent in this magnificent forest community.

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Shared By:

Brian Smith

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Photos

Hanging mosses in the Hoh
May 17, 2019 near Forks, WA
Beautiful day on the trail.
Apr 13, 2019 near Forks, WA
Hoh Rainforest Loop
Jul 15, 2019 near Forks, WA
Hoh River Trail in Olympic National Park, Washington.
Dec 16, 2016 near Forks, WA
Squirrel in the Hoh Rainforest.
Sep 18, 2016 near Forks, WA
Hoh Rainforest
Jul 15, 2019 near Forks, WA

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